PETA: aiding terrorists, behaving like an oppressive cult and slaughtering tens of thousands of healthy dogs and cats


Joss Stone, for PETA – via Daily Mail

The British soul singer Joss Stone is a life-long vegetarian who boasts that she has never eaten an animal and, as a child, sang Amazing Grace to cows. She’s also blonde and pretty. It wasn’t entirely surprising, then, to see her this week joining the endless procession of stars who have stripped for PETA.

The militant animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, shamelessly plays the sex card by having its more beautiful supporters disrobe for its adverts.

It’s quite a garbled message really.  

It’s all for a good cause, after all. Or is it? Critics — most of them animal rights activists themselves — question whether PETA’s celebrity supporters really understand what they are backing. They may be able to stomach the tacky adverts, revolting stunts and PETA’s tasteless previous comparisons of chicken farming to the Holocaust.

What they may not know is that the group has been accused of aiding terrorists, behaving like an oppressive cult and slaughtering tens of thousands of healthy dogs and cats, claims denied by the group.

Founded in 1980, PETA concentrates on opposing factory and fur farming, animal testing and animals in circuses. These are popular causes, but the group harbours a far more radical philosophy.

Its mission statement reads: ‘Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.’

Its 66-year-old leader, Ms Newkirk, believes all species — including humans — are equal and she aims for ‘total animal liberation’.  …

Though briefly married to an American racing driver, she was sterilised at 22 because she felt having children was ‘selfish’. She describes the idea that humans should have more rights than animals as a ‘supremacist perversion’ and has compared a leather belt to ‘one of those Nazi lampshades’ (made of human skin).

She doesn’t care what offence she causes — even after her death. She has left instructions in her will for her ‘meat’ to be barbecued, her skin to be made into wallets and handbags, and her feet into umbrella stands ‘in remembrance’ of those made from elephant feet. …

Last month it sent letters to hundreds of people in two Washington DC suburbs. Identifying two scientists who work with monkeys at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the letters gave their addresses and urged neighbours to pay them a visit, adding: ‘It’s similar to having a sexual predator in your neighbourhood.’

PETA, however, has been accused of grave hypocrisy. It decries pet ownership, yet staff bring scores of them to work at the group’s HQ in Virginia.

But far more serious, say PETA’s critics, is the track record of its animal shelter in Virginia in killing almost all the dogs, cats and other pets that it takes in. Many are put down within 24 hours of arriving. In total, it is estimated, the group has killed more than 33,000 animals since 1998. PETA insists the animals are ‘unadoptable’.

Given all this controversy, one can only hope the well-meaning Joss Stone isn’t another star who will come to rue the day she stripped naked for PETA.

It’s hard to avoid the impression that PETA, like many organisations pretending to fight for a public good, are nothing more than a money-go-round for its principals, while the disciples keep being fooled into thinking they’re working for a worthy cause.

Every time one of the awfully cute and innocent Greenpeace girls knock on my door, they really do believe I can save dolphins for them, and I am a beast for telling them they are but innocents in a larger war against society by working for an eco-terrorism organisation.

I guess we should just be thankful Greenpeace haven’t picked up the idea of having people go naked for them.  Not sure I could cope with Russel Norman in the nud.

– Daily Mail

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